About Deutsches Altenheim

Established over a century ago, Deutsches Altenheim was originally designed to serve as a retirement residence for elderly German Americans.

Today, the caring and committed staff continues to serve individuals who need a full range of senior care services and who value excellence in senior care.

Through the continued generosity of supporters, Deutsches Altenheim remains a pillar of the Greater Boston community and continues to offer superior senior care in a trusting and experienced environment. Deutsches Altenheim offers our residents long-term care, post-acute rehabilitation and outpatient rehabilitation, memory care, adult day health services and assisted living opportunities.

With dignity and compassion, we welcome individuals of all nationalities, races, and religions to become part of our community.


Inspired by over 100 years of trusted service to seniors and by our German heritage, our mission is to provide compassionate, person-centered care that prioritizes our residents’ physical, emotional, and social well-being and enhances their quality of life.

Through services and programs that cover a broad spectrum of senior care needs, we aim to promote maximum happiness, independence, and dignity for our residents, while bringing peace of mind to their families, loved ones, and our dedicated staff.


On May 18, 1886, the Deutscher Frauen-Hilsfverein von Boston (e.g. the German Ladies Aid Society of Boston) was founded to assist indigent countrymen and establish a Home for the Aged.

Twenty-five years later, a 12-acre parcel of land in West Roxbury was purchased, the architectural firm Funk and Wilcox was retained, and construction began shortly thereafter. Deutsches Altenheim officially opened its doors on May 10, 1914. From the very beginning, Deutsches Altenheim had all the trimmings of a welcoming German home. Its elegant furnishings, donated by members of the German Ladies Aid Society and local German organizations, offered elderly German immigrants an environment reminiscent of home. Today, the building still retains the same grace and charm, but with extensive renovations, additions, and remodeling. The scenic 14-acre campus is now home to German Centre for Extended Care, Edelweiss Village Assisted Living, Schrafft Pavilion Memory Support and Senior Place Adult Day Health. Throughout the growth and expansion, one constant remains the same: the organization’s unwavering commitment to provide high quality, compassionate care to all in a warm, home-like setting.

Continue Reading
The exterior of German Centre
Babacar Diop headshot


Learn More

Board of Trustees

Learn More